One Year Anniversary of Uncle Kwasi “Ernie” Sefa-Boakye


Uncle Ernie Sefa-Boakye (princesdailyjournal)

Today marks the one year anniversary of the passing of my dear Uncle Ernie. Uncle Ernie is not only remembered as an Uncle but a father of two beautiful children: Jennifer and Jeffrey Sefa-Boakye. Uncle Ernie was an entrepreneur and a man of many hilarious tales. Everyone in my family can proudly say that Uncle Ernie touched them with his lively humor and animated personality.

Thank you again Ernie for touching my life. May you continue to make others laugh in the next life.

Prince Sefa-Boakye

To read my eulogy along with others, go to In Loving Memory of Uncle Kwasi “Kofi” Sefa-Boakye

 

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Happy Birthday Dad!


My Dad, Dr. Kofi Sefa-BoakyeI wish to say a very special Happy Birthday to my dear ol’ Dad, Dr. Kofi Sefa-Boakye. Next Tuesday he will be traveling to Ghana, where he will be paying his last respects to his brother, my Uncle Kwasi “Ernie” Sefa-Boakye. If you see him today be sure to wish him a “Happy Birthday,” for me.

“Proud to be your son, Dad. Thank you for delivering me so I can enjoy the life that God gave me”

–Prince Sefa-Boakye

To read my Dad’s story of “Coming to America,” and listen to his interview, click here

To read my Uncle Ernie’s Obituary click here

In Loving Memory of Uncle Kwasi “Ernie” Sefa-Boakye (1950-2015)


Uncle Ernie Sefa-Boakye (princesdailyjournal)

It is with deep sadness that I say our family has lost a beloved father, uncle, friend, and son, Kwasi “Ernie” Sefa-Boakye. Uncle Ernie, as referred to many, was an entrepreneur and a man of many hilarious tales. Everyone in my family can proudly say that Uncle Ernie touched them with his lively humor and animated personality. I met my Uncle for the first time in 2007 at Kumasi, Ghana, the birthplace of my father, where he lived all his life taking care of my grandmother’s home. It was then he said to me, “while all your uncles and aunt are in America, running the rat-race, I’m here in Africa enjoying life.”

The last time I saw him was two years ago, here in United States, at Grandma’s home. And it was then that I began blogging. Thank you again Uncle Ernie for you kind hospitality eight years ago, and I am glad to now call you as my ancestor. May you rest in peace.

Uncle Ernie survived by his two children Jeffrey and Jennifer Sefa-Boakye.

Here is an eulogy given on my behalf of my family.

Tribute to Kwasi Sefa-Boakye: A Man For All People

Here are two eulogies given by two brothers:

“The earliest memory I have of my uncle ernie was in the living room of my grandma’s house. He was showing my brothers a picture book. I remember never seeing this person before in my life and was quite confused. I remember staring in disbelief at this person who I had never met that looked like my father. I listened very intently to his voice and it was very welcoming. He pointed at one picture in the book and his voice changed–it was filled with wisdom and knowledge. At that age I was very shy, I was not even aware that 10 minutes had past when he said, “Well are you going to come over here and meet your uncle?”

The reason why I remembered my uncle’s voice so well is that he taught me how to laugh and enjoy life. He saw a lot of things in me that I had not figured out yet. He stressed to me that I was different. My uncle’s voice was so filled with joy and laughter. Even in the face of fear and disappointment. I know this because my uncle broke my state of shyness and anxiety from the first moment he saw me.

My uncle taught me many things, communication being the most important. He taught me how to carry a conversation. Uncle Ernie’s tactics of speech definitely rubbed off of me. I used to be very quiet and listen to what others say. Uncle Ernie would start a conversation with a joke, to comfort everyone’s soul, and then would end it with words of wisdom from his heart and mind. He definitely contributed to my growth as a young man.

God, in deed, works in mysterious ways. And as I grow day-by-day, I notice that I draw from some of his attributes in myself, especially his love for music.

Although my times I spent with uncle were numbered, I still feel him everyday because he is with me. I feel comforted knowing that I can speak to him whenever I need to.
In these sad times of death and mourning, I pray we all come to understand that our loved ones continue to live through and with us–even though they are not here physically.

I know that my uncle ernie is earnestly with us.” –Kojo Sefa-Boakye

Here is another eulogy given by brother Asante Sefa-Boakye:

“It is indeed with a heavy heart that I write this tribute to my Uncle Ernie. However, with each passing there is life, which brings the chance to reflect on the joy his life brought and the legacy he will leave. During my time in Ghana, he made each day exciting with his humor and his vibrant personality. To me, he will forever live on in my heart and memory as a teacher who humorously taught me multiple phrases in Twi, (most famous of those being “I’m hungry/kwame dime” which became his endearing nickname for me). As I’m sure many can relate, there was never a dull moment or a time without laughter whenever in his presence. At any time I am able to light up a room and fill it with laughter, I know there is no question where I inherited this trait from. With his memory in my heart, I strive to make people smile and forget their worries as he was able to do effortlessly.”  –Asante Sefa Boakye

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Weekly Spiritual Digest: Be Golden! Let the Fire Refine Your Faith!


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So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

(1 Peter 1:6, 7 NLT)

This verse came to me on May 18th, 2014, when I was listening to a word of God from my pastor Jaime Perdomo at my church, La Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Vida. My Pastor, preached to me and to the congregation (in Spanish) on how our faith is like gold–but far more precious.

At first I could not fully understand his words, but when he so passionately repeated, over and over, on how necessary it was to put our faith over the fire–the trials and tribulations–so it can become Gold in Christ, I was totally floored. And it was at that moment that I finally understood his sermon and God’s plan in my life. For the first time, everything became clear:

The many fires in my life (or the trials and tribulations) were not there to torture me. The fires in my life were there to REFINE my faith, so it can BECOME GOLDEN–so I can become strong and pure in Christ.

Thank you Pastor Jaime for reminding of God’s plan, for showing me that the fires in our life are there to refine and purify my faith.

So this week and beyond, see the fire (or trial and tribulation) in your life for what it is: a tool which you can use to refine your faith and Be Golden in God’s Eyes!

Sunday Praise: Your Faith is Like Gold! (Pastor Jaime Perdomo)

Addendum from Dr. Kofi’s Sister, Yaa Sefa-Boakye


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Auntie Yaa (center, standing next to me), the older sister of Dr. Kofi Sefa-Boakye, took time today to share with me her words of praise and stories of how her younger brother (my Dad) became the prestigious doctor that he is today.

“While I was inside the UCI medical center with my younger brother Dr. Kofi, recovering from yet another surgery and muscle pain from an over abundance or multiple growth of fibroids in my uterus, (creating all sorts of internal issues), I jokingly told him from the bedside:

‘When you become a doctor, please find out why I grow so many fibroids in my system? (Laughing)’

And it was then, she said, that the rest was history. But her favorite story, that my dad may not recall, was when he was 4 1/2 years-old, living inside his home country of Kumasi, Ghana. With a big voice, her little brother shouted, to his father and all who were listening inside his home,

“Schooling would delay my ability in becoming a doctor; I want to be a doctor right now!”

My Dad, Dr. Kofi Sefa-Boakye

“You really have come along way Dr. Kofi. Thank you for making our whole family proud.”

Your proud big sister,

Yaa.

–And KUDOS to you Prince for writing an excellent article on your dad.”

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Thank you Auntie Yaa for sharing this with me and the world. And thank you dad again for your ambition and tenacity in wanting to become a doctor. If you hadn’t, especially at 4 years old, my brothers and I would not be here. So thank you.

Love your son,

Prince

To listen to my interview with my Dad, click on the link below.

Dr. Kofi’s Personal Story of Coming to America

http://urbusinessnetwork.com/prince-sefa-boakye-host-prince-city-show-talks-racism-sports/

Thank You Dad!


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On January 8th 2015, my brothers, myself, and my cousin Dr. Sarpoma Sefa-Boakye commemorated my dad’s six years of service as chair of the OB/GYN Department at Scripps Hospital in Chula Vista, Ca. We took one last group photo in front of his photograph which will be taken in the weeks to come.

“Thank you Dad for all that you do and I am very proud to call myself your son” –Prince.

If you haven’t heard his story of how he became the prestigious doctor that he is today, click on the link below.

Talk Tuesdays w/ Dr. Kofi Sefa-Boakye, Medical Doctor and Board Certified OB/GYN

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#FullCircle: I am What I am Because Someone Loved Me


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#Fullcircle. I couldn’t muster the words of what he really meant to me that night. So Here’s my story:

When I was 16 years old, I struggled to find my identity as young black male in High School. I had the mind and soul of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Fredrick Douglass, Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela but I was not accepted because I was too different or what people may call “radical”–I was so conflicted by the stereotypes in music, television, and social cliques, that I didn’t know “Who I was” at that time. However I pushed through those negative stereotypes, because of what one voicemail did for me. A voicemail that was left for me by none other than Dr. Cornel West.

In pursuit of finding my voice in High School, I wrote a speech called “Fear”–a speech that came to be the cradle of my creativity and charisma. But the problem was, nobody REALLY took the time to consider what I had to say–most importantly my ideas. And so, I did the most tenacious thing a high school student could ever do: send a letter to one of the most well-known and respected professors in the academia world today, Dr. Cornel West, and ask for feedback (and possibly a letter of recommendation). Although I didn’t get everything that I wanted, his voicemail was more than enough to put me on a right path to college, where I’ve graduated honorably from SDSU, and evidently into Suffolk Law School.

This month marks the 8th year anniversary of a voicemail of a lifetime, when a young man’s future is shaped by the words of a hero: love, compassion, and courage to chase your dreams.

That night was so emotional that I ended up crying because I am in Law School now; I’ve done so many great things since that voicemail. I spent all of my college years traveling across the country (from California to New Jersey and New York) to remind him of “Who I am.” But now I didn’t go anywhere. He came to me in a town where I have called my second home, Boston. And I reminded him again but only this time with, “I am what I am because you loved me.”

I want to send Harvard Book Store “A Special Thank You” for hosting this event, and making this FullCircle Experience possible. And once again I apologize to those who didn’t get their chance to ask their questions due to my tearful testimony. I hope Dr. Cornel West was able to answer them.

Thank you Dr. Cornel West; it has truly been a long journey for me. I will continue to love the way you have loved me when I needed it.

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A Special Thank you to Mark Jones from Florissant, Missouri for capturing these two photos. I had no idea that Dr. Cornel West was tearing up too.

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Weekly Spiritual Digest: God Hears And Answers Prayers


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“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces.” (Psalm 107:13-14)

I am so blessed to announce that I have finally co-edited of what will soon be the most captivating Domestic Violence story of a woman’s tribulations: “A Woman’s Indiscretions” by Sharine Jones.

Thank you God for protecting her and bringing her into my life to show me my purpose for living and helping people like her–to share their stories of #tribulations and #victory.

If you haven’t read her story go to Saturday Book Read and find it so you can be inspired. Her book will be on the shelves soon.

Remember to pray because God always answers your prayers.

“Thank you all for following my webpage and keeping my purpose alive.”

–Prince

Prince Sefa-Boakye talks to Charlie Davies, US Soccer Player for the New England Revolution


(This interview was recorded on Oct.8th 2014)

Charlie Davies is a local Bostonian and plays for the New England Revolution. He has participated in two World Cups (2008 and 2009) for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team and plans to play again in the next World Cup in 2018.

Charlie shared with me his future plans and his recovery from a serious car accident that he was involved in, back in 2009–and this month will mark the 5th year anniversary of escaping certain death. He said it was truly difficult for him because he couldn’t play consecutively as he used to–it took him 2-3 years to fully recover. But now he is making the right steps to getting back in the game and playing with his fellow teammates one more time before the next World Cup!

Playing soccer and being a soccer player is not a job but passion for him. He says, “There is no greater joy than to step on the field, put on your cleats and play with the ball.” He narrated to me his first goal account with the US National Soccer Team–and how that turned into a crucial qualifying goal for one of the World Cups that he was in. The US was playing against Trinidad, in Trinidad, Tobago, when his good friend Jozy Altidore (who is now the striker for the US Men’s National Team) assisted him by making a terrific pass which Charlie tapped the ball right into the goal.

Charlie admits that it was an easy “tap-in” goal but he says, “a goal is a goal!” And he was over the moon with it.

When I asked him to share any aspiring words to my audience, of whom wanted to be like him, he said this to me:

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“Through my experience, I would tell them to have faith–to have belief in yourself! Things do not always go well and they don’t always go the way that you want them to go. But you have to stay focused and stay positive! And if you can stay positive and work hard then you can achieve many things that people think that you can never achieve. You will prove yourself wrong and you will prove doubters wrong. But most importantly don’t take life for grant it because anything could be taken away from you in an instant.”

If you wish to reach out to Charlies Davies, and give him love and support in his quest to play for US Men’s National Soccer Team in the next World Cup, go to his Twitter account (@charliedavies9) at www.twitter.com/CharlieDavies9.
And you can also follow him on his Instagram account (@charliedavies09) at www.instagram.com/charliedavies09.

For more of my radio talks and interviews go to www.urbusinessnetwork.com.

(*I made a slight gaffe in the beginning: “Charlie Davies is a US Men’s National Soccer Team player”)